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Fresh Thoughts is the monthly on-line newsletter of Second Harvest

School-Based Pantries

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Back to School this year means we are rolling out the School-Based Mobile Pantry Program! One out of every five children in our region under 18 years of age is food insecure. This information has inspired us to create the Child Hunger Initiative. The School-Based Mobile Pantry, is one of them. The pilot program aims to feed children in a more holistic way to create food security for the entire family. By working with schools to provide food to families in a variety of ways, the initiative will dramatically increase the amount of food and meals families and their children will receive to address child hunger in our region. By October, all five middle schools: three in Lorain City Schools; one in Clearview Local Schools (Lorain); and one in Midview Local Schools (Grafton) will be distributing food to families in these districts and will continue each month. Our goal is to be able to expand our reach to serve both children and their families throughout our region. We anticipate that hundreds of children and families will be fed because of this program.

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Strong Support for Generous Helpings

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Generous Helpings is the culmination of Hunger Action Month and what a powerful display of community members and businesses coming together to put on the top charitable event in the county. It’s a wonderful event for sure, but that is only because of the hard work and hours of donated time by the restaurants, the chefs, the committee members, the sponsors and supporters. This year, our special focus is on our Child Hunger Initiatives. We’ve put a call out for HUNGER HEROES so they will join forces with us to help stamp out child hunger!

All of the restaurants and chefs donate their time to offer the most delectable dishes. Chef John D’Amico from Chez Francois, has joined us for many years and continues to donate his time and shares his culinary talents with all of us in order to raise awareness about hunger. Over the years, Mary Zelek from Zelek’s Flower Shop, has donated many hours of her time and creativity to transform the warehouse into a dazzling party venue.

Some of the newcomers this year adding to our slate of great restaurants include Peace, Love and Little Donuts, Sugar Shack Confections, Tom’s Country Place and Spectrum Café. Check out the entire list of restaurants HERE.

All of our sponsors for Generous Helpings are also HUNGER HEROES. They have demonstrated through their work with Second Harvest that ending hunger in our region and specifically working towards ending child hunger is vitally important and they want to be a part of it.
Check out our list of HUNGER HEROES HERE.

So this year, while you are enjoying the wonderful delicacies and ambiance, remember that so many people, long-time supporters or new, have donated countless hours of their time, creativity and passion to making Generous Helpings the premier event in Lorain County.

See what all the buzz is about. Join us on September 30, 2018 from 5-8 PM and see. Click HERE to purchase your Generous Helpings tickets.

 

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Julie's Notes

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It’s August and we’re all trying to capture a little more summer fun but thoughts naturally turn towards the start of a new school year.  Always in our minds is the staggering number of children who are food insecure with children making up 38% of those served at local pantries.  This school year we’re rolling out our new Child Hunger Initiative with the support of the Nordson Corporation Foundation, Target, Stocker Foundation, 100 Women Who Care of Lorain County, Red Nose Day and Ross Foundation. 

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We are looking for Hunger Heroes

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We need you to be the super heroes we know you can be to help us stop childhood hunger in its tracks! This year we are rallying around the cause of child hunger and rather than just an event, it is a season. In our area one in five children struggle with hunger. That is about 17,000 kids. We believe we have a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds to really make a difference. But we need your help.

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Executive Chef at Generous Helpings

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A crowd favorite at Generous Helpings will be back with us again this year. John Selick, 3-time winner (Critic’s Choice and People’s Choice) over these past few years will once again be under the spotlight to help raise funds to end hunger in our region.  John is the Senior Culinary Manager at Sodexo Healthcare Services for University Hospitals and oversees all food services programs at University Hospital.

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